On Air:
Monday-Friday 5:00am to 10:00am

I am having a ball being part of the ‘KBZY Morning Team’ assigned to give the wake up call to Salem. That 4AM alarm comes a bit early. Among my favorite interests-movies, music, politics and sports. I’m not a bad pick for your Trivial Pursuit team.

The Buck family moved west from Minnesota in 2007 and we couldn’t be happier with The Beaver State. My wife LuRae and the daughters Jena. Lacy and Shayna have settled in nicely. (No one misses shoveling snow) Like most radio families, we’ve moved around plenty of times but as the saying goes, ‘the buck stops here’.

Bob’s Message to You:
I enjoy listener requests for all your favorite oldies, so don’t hesitate to drop me an e-mail at bobb@kbzy.com. Hope to hear from you whether its for song requests or anything else. Meanwhile its just about time for my nap…

John Tesh

On Air:
Monday-Friday 12noon to 3:00pm

​​With an impressive career that spans more than 30 years, John Tesh is known worldwide as a leading and respected figure in the entertainment and broadcasting industries. After 10 years as co-host of “Entertainment Tonight,” he surprised many by leaving the highly visible position to pursue his career as a fulltime musician. For generations music and media have gone hand in hand and Tesh has conquered both brilliantly through numerous media, music and creative formats, as one of the most successful syndicated radio show hosts in the country with Intelligence For Your Life Radio: With Your Host John Tesh, his new musical endeavor, ALIVE music & dance and even a new book.

The six-time Emmy winning radio and television host and Grammy nominated musician offers up his ‘on-the-air’ brand of life-coaching with new DVD & CD projects and his second book, Intelligence for Your Life: Powerful Lessons for Personal Growth.

In his book, Intelligence for Your Life (Thomas Nelson, Inc.), Tesh uplifts and inspires readers to find the deepest desires of their hearts, create a plan for pursuing their dreams, overcome crippling fears and inspire those around them.

But Intelligence for Your Life is more than a guide to informed living; it is also a memoir. Tesh shares his own story here, revealing the passions that have driven him and given shape to his extraordinary professional and personal life, and how he’s implemented the tools that he talks about on The John Tesh Radio Show every day.“I like to call it ‘purpose-driven radio,” says Tesh of his award- winning daily and weekly show that is heard on over 300 stations nationwide by more than 8 million people. Listeners tune into the syndicated show each week to hear him warmly impart in-depth “intelligence for your life” – tips on how to earn your boss’s trust, fight jet lag, get out of debt, find your life’s calling or even discover the power of prayer.”Planting seeds and encouraging people with the program and my music is a method with which I am truly comfortable,” says Tesh. “‘Music and Intelligence For Your Life’ is a safe haven for family listening. Children, men and women of all ages can gain something from the show.”With his staff of 15 full-time researchers, Tesh has uncovered a wealth of practical information and life-changing choices throughout the years. He now combines that knowledge with some incredible personal experiences for this first book in what promises to be a successful ongoing series.

On Air:
Monday-Friday 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Hi! and welcome to afternoons on KBZY I’ve worked at numerous radio stations in Portland, Eugene, and the Mid-Valley. I’ve enjoyed many years with Salem listeners at different stations and I am proud to be a part of the AM-1490 ‘On-air” line-up!

What do I like to do?
Take a hike in mother nature… listen to a great oldie.. a movie (when it’s good).. follow the New York Yankees and watch my cat (“Charlie Chan – Pet Detective”) make a fool of himself (Like owner.. like pet!).

I was a single dad raising my son from the age of 3 ’til college. He lives in Arizona now and I have a grandson born in May of ’07.

I’m an animal lover and wish I could find a great family for every single one. I help take care of and train horses too:

Movie: “The Wild Bunch”
Book: Any Mystery
Song: “Suspicion” by Terry Stafford
City: Right Here
Eatin’ Place: Applebee’s, but mexican ain’t bad either
Visit: Waterfalls, covered bridges and lighthouses

On Air:
Monday-Friday 6:00pm – 9:00pm

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley in sunny Southern California. I was an original “Valley Girl”. As far as being an entertainer (besides sometimes being the class clown), in Junior High School I competed in Southern California Drama Fall and Shakespeare Festivals, where, in my first competition at the age of 13, I won first place in the Pantomime competition. I participated in school plays, one of which was playing the role as Helen Keller in the Miracle Worker; which is such a coincidence since I now work for a small company doing Braille transcription for visually impaired people. My drama coach, Robert Carrelli, was also my homeroom teacher for three years and I have always considered him my mentor for emoting.

Longing for a “greener” life, in 1974 I moved with my dog and horses to Oregon, and left my acting career behind – and the years passed. And then one evening in 2008, while perusing the Chemeketa night class schedule, I happened upon a two-inch-square ad entitled, “Voice Overs, Getting On The Air”. What’s a voiceover? I attended the class, and as the saying goes, the rest is history.

I can fix washing machines, clocks, ’59 Ramblers, lawnmowers, police scanners; I can plumb a sink, tile a bathroom, install a drip watering system – I believe I can fix or do just about anything; and I’ve never particularly liked to cook. But, I love to eat good food!

Rick Allen has been at KBZY “Salems First Choice” off and on since 1987.  Rick Allen celebrates 30 plus years in Salem area radio.

“I remember quite well, listening to KBZY as a teen growing up in Salem.  The best part of working for KBZY is our involvement with the community.  Being in touch with you, the radio listener, is really great!  I remember at North Salem High School in a speech class this guy behind me says one day, I’d really love to work someday at KBZY.  That is such a cool station.”

He went on to work in the Post Office.  I actually did get to live out his dream and mine.  For me to work at a Salem institution such as KBZY is quite an honor.  I love this place, man!

“I grew up in Southern California on the beach, moving with my family to Salem, Oregon in 1968 and went to North Salem High where I carried Vickie’s books to school for her.  By 1973 she accepted my proposal.  I had to leave Salem, Oregon in 1970 to protect our country from evil forces.  I spent eight years in the US Navy protecting and serving in places west of here.  Mostly in Hawaii.  I returned in 1978 and have been in local radio since.”

Rick has two children, a son, (like dad) is a North Salem High School graduate.  He has his art degree from NW College of Art and is currently working in construction and on an urban farm in Pittsburgh, PA.  Rick’s daughter has her Master’s degree from Portland State and is happily married.  Most important to Rick is the most wonderful woman that supports him so much, his bride of 40+ years, Vickie.

“Love is the reason”

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Louie has been an Account Executive at KBZY for over twenty years.

A Native Oregonian, Louie went to school in Sheridan. During the summer in the mid-sixties, Louie would keep his little white transistor radio tuned to KBZY, not knowing that he would be working for KBZY years later.

Louie is also a musician. He loves playing the guitar and has written music for over thirty-five years.

Louie is a big sports fan who loves both the Beavers and Ducks.

If you have a business in the Willamette Valley and would like to know his thoughts on how you could increase business, please give Louie a call at 503-362-1490.

Please drop me a line at

On Air:
During South, West, North and Sprague high school sportscasts.

Mark has a wife, Theresa and three daughters, Heidi, Jamie & Kristy.

Favorite Colors:
Red, Orange (but not together)

Favorite Foods:
Pizza, Popcorn, Cream Soda.

Radio Spotlight:
Mark’s sportscasts can be heard on regular high school sports games broadcast on Salem’s First Choice 1490, including games played by Sprague, McNary and South Salem High Schools.

Mark is a graduate of of Sprague High School in Salem and has his undergraduate as well as M.A.T. from Western Oregon State College. Mark’s full time job is as a teacher at North Salem High School, where he has been since 1998.

Mark’s Personal Quote:
“A good radio sportscaster paints a vivid picture in the minds of listeners. I quess that makes my tonque one large paint brush.”